For Immediate Release
|October 03, 2019||
Aaron Garcia, Supervisory Deputy U.S.
Eastern District of Michigan (313) 234-5671;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted, Alleged Child Rapist
Captured in Mexico, Returned to the U.S.
On the run for 10+ years after no-show for 2008 trial for kidnapping, assaulting 10-year-old girl in Detroit
Washington, DC – An alleged child rapist and one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives is now behind bars after more than 10 years on the run.
Corey Deshawn Gaston, 41, was arrested near Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday after U.S. Marshals developed information regarding his possible location and provided that information to Mexican authorities, who took him into custody.
Gaston is wanted by the Detroit Police Department for numerous offenses to include first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child under 13, kidnapping, home invasion and child enticement.
“It brings great satisfaction when we make an arrest like this,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “Corey Gaston’s alleged horrific crimes earned him a spot on our 15 Most Wanted list. From that point forward, he was put on notice that we would never stop looking for him. We made good on that promise. Gaston will now finally face justice. I am very proud of the men and women of the USMS who relentlessly pursue the likes of Corey Gaston.”
On June 27, 2007, Gaston allegedly crawled through a bedroom window of a Detroit home and kidnapped a 10-year-old girl. He then took the child to a nearby alley and sexually assaulted her, threatening to hurt her if she screamed before instructing her to return to her home. Authorities found Gaston’s phone and DNA, unknown at the time to belong to the suspect, at the scene of the crime. Within days of the attack, a warrant was issued for Gaston’s arrest, but his whereabouts were unknown. In July 2007, U.S. Marshals tracked Gaston down in Georgia, and returned him to Michigan. Gaston was granted bond in August 2007 pending his February 2008 trial date. During this time, investigators were able to positively match the DNA found at the crime scene to a DNA sample given by Gaston. When the trial date arrived, Gaston was a no-show and once again became a fugitive. He was added to the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted in December 2011.
“Corey Gaston is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Acting U.S. Marshal Mark Jankowski of the Eastern District of Michigan. “While he was on the run for more than 10 years, the Marshals considered it borrowed time, because we never stopped looking for him. I hope his arrest brings some sense of closure to the victim and her family who had to endure years of him eluding justice.”
The fugitive investigation for Gaston gained momentum when U.S. Marshals followed up on a lead in connection with the fugitive’s possible whereabouts. Marshals’ investigators were then able to work with Mexican authorities, who located and arrested him Tuesday.
Gaston is currently being held in a detention facility in Chicago awaiting extradition back to Michigan where he still has a pending trial.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov
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